Society of the Exterminating Angel

The Society of the Exterminating Angel was a possibly apocryphal[1] Catholic group in Spain that was created to kill Spanish liberals, founded in 1821. It was revived in 1834 under the presidency of the Bishop of Osma.[2]

The film The Exterminating Angel, by Luis Buñuel, was named after this society.


  1. ^ Ortiz, Juan José Sánchez (18 Oct 2010). "El Ángel Exterminador una sociedad secreta clerical de verdugos". Suite 101. Archived from the original on 13 Feb 2011. Retrieved 8 Jun 2011.
  2. ^ Gerald Brenan, The Spanish Labyrinth: An Account of the Social and Political Background of the Spanish Civil War (Canto Classics, 2nd edition, 2014), pg 69